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Festival Activities

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 36th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 5, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 6, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Stay tuned for 2014 Activities!


  • Member-created holiday craft for sale along with information about the Blind Community Center. Carolers accompanied by guitar perform secular and traditional music every hour.

  • Hosts Gator by the Bay and Bon Temps Stage in the Plaza de Panama.

    Features rollicking Cajun/Zydeco music and dance lessons.


  • Presented by SWEA: Get a taste of Sweden on the California Quadrangle near the Museum of Man. 

    LUCIA, the candle-crowned Queen of Lights, is the traditional Swedish antidote to dark winter nights. She comes as the harbinger of Christmas and bringing hope to the world. 

    Located on the California Quadrangle stage, the annual celebration of the Santa Lucia Procession again brings this stirring festival of lights to December Nights. Enjoy the candle light procession and hear Lucia's attendants sing traditional Swedish songs of peace on earth, and to all people good will. 

    Also hosted by SWEA in the California Quadrangle: Traditional Swedish favorites include: Meatballs, open-faced sandwiches, pea soup, rosettes (pastries), hot chocolate and glögg (hot spiced wine)

  • The Community Christmas Center Committee displays the 8-piece Nativity and Gingerbread House in the Organ Pavilion. The committee also installs Santa and his reindeer in the center Mall. A non-profit organization, the committee relies on public & private donations and hundreds of volunteer hours.


  • Both groups will sell donuts and cinnamon rolls, water, soft drinks, and glow-in-the-dark items. 

  •  Award-winning San Diego Chorus will sell a variety of snacks on El Prado.